Strong and defined shoulder muscles are not just about looking good. The shoulder joint and the surrounding muscles are key to almost everything we do.
Here are three steps and three moves for impressive shoulders.
To get serious shoulders, you need to work all three parts of the deltoid muscle. These are:
The shoulder muscles and joint are vulnerable to injury from incorrect training. It is vital to balance out your muscle work and to warm up properly. Don’t even think of heading for the weights until your shoulders are warmed and flexed.
There are no medals for injury or pain. If a load is too heavy, don’t force it. Torn rotator cuff ligaments and muscles take a long time to recover – don’t go there!
Here is a workout that will keep muscles balanced. Begin with a proper warmup, including muscle mobilisation exercises. As you improve, increase weights and reps.
Too easy? Expand the workout to a full shoulder routine. Take care with your form, do your warmup and watch those shoulders fill out.
How often do people workout their shoulders? I do one shoulder workout a week , rotating with other muscle groups. which seems enough for me. But I sometimes wonder how many times other people do?
I find that working the shoulders also reduces back troubles. As a bonus you can't slouch when you do these exercises, which also looks better.
I thought men were far more prone to shoulder problems - until it happened to me! Since then I've been trying to add some shoulder exercises to some of my workouts. I don't want to become Arnie-shaped but I certainly want strong shoulders.
definitely start slowly - and I would include variety too - I had bad shoulder strain from painting the ceiling once, which was caused by the repetitive movement.